November 8, 2018 10am - 11am
This roundtable discussion aims to touch on themes related to connecting resources and opportunities for unique populations to find educational, employable, enriching, empowering programing in the design field in Austin.
This roundtable discussion aims to touch on themes related to connecting resources and opportunities for unique populations (such as persons with disabilities, underrepresented populations) to find educational, employable, enriching, empowering programing in the design field in Austin. Let’s talk about collaborative ideas and network about how we can connect design and diversity. Participants will walk away from our event with fresh ideas, and tools/knowledge to create more inclusive opportunities similar to Giving Voice Austin.
Giving Voice Austin is a partnership between VSA Texas and AIGA Austin to provide one-on-one mentoring opportunities to young adults with disabilities ages 16-22. The students work with a design professional to create posters around a social cause important to them. Leading the roundtable discussion will be April Sullivan, Artworks Director of VSA Texas and Program Coordinator for Giving Voice, Kim Hopson, Owner of House Kitten Studio and Curator for Giving Voice, and some of our previous Mentor/Mentee pairs.
The design community would benefit from opening doors to design for those forgotten and misunderstood by society. Members of our community known as people with disabilities are considered to have challenges or differences that make the world inaccessible to them. The standard approach is for these people to adapt or be left behind. The world is designed inaccessibly for their unique view. What if we turned it around and let this segment of our population lead the way and inform our designs? How would design change to be more inclusive?
VSA Texas challenges perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities. For the third year in a row we are partnering with AIGA Austin to present Giving Voice Austin. Our host organization for this discussion as well as the Giving Voice poster exhibition being held in December 2018 is Imagine Art, an inclusive East Austin studio space and ministry that aims to establish a space where both artists with and without disabilities thrive.
About VSA Texas
VSA Texas is an expert resource on inclusive arts. We create and maintain an accessible and open community where everyone can participate. Our goal is to provide support and training to the public, enhance personal growth and offer Texans access to the creative works of people with diverse abilities.
2830 Real Street
Austin, TX 78722